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Antoinette (Dussault) LombardoFebruary 17, 2016
Bethlehem -Antoinette Lombardo (Dussault) age, 91, entered into eternal life on February 17 2016, at the Beverwyck Nursing Home in Slingerlands with her beloved family at her side.
Born in Cohoes, N.Y. , she was the daughter of the late Frank and Cecile Dussault. She received a French, bilingual, education at St. Joseph’s School in Cohoes, as well as at the Convent of St. Anne in Napierville, P.Q., Canada. She attended Keveny Academy and graduated from Cohoes High School in 1942 with a varsity letter in cheerleading. While waiting to become of age to enroll in military service, Antoinette attended and graduated from Mildred Elley Business School. She then served as a SPAR in the United States Coast Guard as Storekeeper First Class at Constitution Wharf in Boston, MA. and in N.Y.C. until the end of WWII. She worked at Behr-Manning, the Watervliet Arsenal and attended Russell Sage College.
She married Dominic Lombardo, co-owner of Mario’s Theatre Restaurant, in 1948. Together they raised their ten children on Highland Acres in No. Greenbush. In addition to giving selflessly to her family, neighbors, friends and strangers, Antoinette also served on various boards and committees: The South End Day Camp, Camp Fire Girls, Troy/Cohoes YMCA’s, and the Renss. Cty. ARC. She served as Eucharistic Minister for St. Michael the Archangel Church and ministered to the Polish Refugee Resettlement Project during the 1980’s. Antoinette also enjoyed membership in the Greenbush and Cohoes Historical Societies, often giving historical tours of Cohoes. She was extremely proud of her French-Canadian heritage and belonged to La Federation Franco-Americaine du New York. She was a member of the Renss. Cty. Sr. Center. In 2011, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NYS Office for the Aging in recognition for her contributions to society.
She was predeceased by her husband, in 2003, as well as her sisters Frances Olsen, Constance Peritano and brother Raymond Dussault. She is survived by her ten children: Stella (Herbert Abbott), Cecilia Woodka (Walter), Julia (Eric Mason), Louisa (James Dillon), Theresa (John Shinkunas), Maria Freddura (Paul), Mario, Anthony, Victoria McNally (Charles) and Regina. 25 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Antoinette was most proud of her family, her heritage and her country. She will always be remembered for her devotion to her Catholic faith and for her incredible ‘joie de vie’.
Relatives and friends may call at St. Michael the Archangel Church 175 Williams Road Troy on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 9:30-10:30AM with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10:30AM.
Interment will be in Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery Schuylerville with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Antoinette Lombardo to the Rensselaer County ARC.